LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Following a parvovirus outbreak, the Estill County Animal Shelter is ready to re-open Tuesday.
Parvo is a highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus spread among unvaccinated dogs. According to Pets 4 Homes, the virus can survive on a surface for months and even up to years.
The outbreak at the animal shelter was detected last month. The rescue center’s director, Amy Walters, said several infected puppies were surrendered to the shelter around that time, but they didn’t show any signs of the virus.
Crews disinfected the facility and every dog received a booster shot.
“It’s been heartbreaking, especially to see them so sick and you try to help them and you cant. It’s very heartbreaking,” said Walters.
To prevent future outbreaks, the shelter is enforcing new rules. Guests must sanitize shoes before entering the kennels and will be required to wash their hands after touching a dog.